Gladstone man dies after 15m fall into tank

A 40-YEAR-OLD Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) worker fell to his death while performing maintenance on a settling tank at the company's Gladstone refinery on Sunday night.

Gladstone police Sergeant Roger Williams said the man stepped through an open hatch and fell approximately 15 metres into an empty tank about 10pm.

He said workmates noticed the man was missing and eventually located him but attempts to revive the man failed and he died as a result of his injuries.

Sgt Williams said the man's name would not be released until this afternoon to allow family members to travel to Gladstone.

A statement released by QAL managing director Johann van Zyl said the man worked at QAL for three years and was a contract worker for Transpacific Industrial Solutions hydroblasting team.

He said the man was conducting maintenance of a mud settler tank when the incident occurred.

Mr van Zyl said the incident was being fully investigated and regulatory authorities were notified.

Counselling to affected employees has commenced and will be ongoing, he said.



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